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BOGO Whitecaps Tickets

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Whitecaps logoAttention KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office at the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM and enjoy buy one-get one free admission on reserved seating. Katie L., our mascot, will be walking the concourse for photos with the kids and we’ll have an information table with fun stuff to share and summer reading program information. Just one more way having a KDL card is a major home run!


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Wii Tournaments for Kids and Teens

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

mario-kart-wii-1Mario Kart Tournament for Kids (entering grades K–5)
Wii gaming tournament for school-age kids featuring Mario Kart, prizes and more.
Pre-registration is required and spots are limited.

Wednesday, July 9, 1:00 – 5:00 PMKentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


Summer Wii Tournament for Teens (entering grades 6–12)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl! The tournament features great prizes and snacks. Super smash
Pre-registration is required
and participant spots are limited.

Thursday, July 10, 1:00 – 4:00 PMKentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


Sponsored by the Friends of the Kentwood Library




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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Audiobooks on CD

Friday, June 13th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month!  To see 10 of the most popular Juvenile Audiobooks on CD at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Juvenile Audiobooks on CD 06-13-2014


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Chatting with Michigan Author Kristina Riggle

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Kristina Riggle was delightful yesterday afternoon, answering questions on KDL’s Goodreads Discussion Board. The local author of five novels (including her latest, The Whole Golden World) talked about her novels, her writing process, and about submissions she reviews as a fiction editor for Literary Mama

Check out the chat transcript on our KDL Goodreads Group page.


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Krause Memorial Branch to Open Late 6/14

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Krause Memorial Branch

The Krause Memorial Branch will open at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 14, in order to accommodate the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration. The branch normally opens at 9:30 AM on Saturdays.


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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
    Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting to laugh and cry at the same time — they are that moving. Landline captured my heart.”
    Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

  3. One Plus OneOne Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
    “A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car… it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes. It’s more of a traditional romance than Me Before You, but will also appeal to fans of quirky, hard-working characters. A quick read and perfect for summer.”
    Emily Wichman, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH

  5. The Black HourThe Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
    “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock. Amelia Emmet is a professor desperately trying to recover from a gunshot wound, and Nathaniel Barber is a student struggling to come to grips with his mother’s death and a lost love. Their journey, told in alternating chapters, is riveting and full of surprising discoveries. Highly recommended.”
    Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI

  7. The Queen of the TearlingThe Queen of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The first of a trilogy, this book is so much more than just another fantasy. Yes, there is magic, a princess and a really bad queen, but there is also an apocalyptic twist that makes readers hungry for the next installment. This book caught me from the first page and kept me guessing till the last. A great read!”
    Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK

  9. Close Your Eyes, Hold HandsClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
    “Thousands of lives are irrevocably changed by a nuclear disaster in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When her parents are blamed, Emily becomes homeless and her situation, desperate. Told retrospectively, Emily’s story is devastating to read, but her passionate interest in Emily Dickinson comes with flashes of brilliance and a growing acceptance of her past.”
    Kim Storbeck, Timberland Regional Library, Tumwater, WA

  11. World of TroubleWorld of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III by Ben Winters
    “Still the last policeman, Detective Hank Palace tirelessly pulls together clues from crime scenes and interrogates witnesses to find his missing sister. Winters paints a believable picture of a world awaiting its end thanks to an asteroid on a collision course. A great series for mystery and science fiction lovers, as well as anyone looking for a pre-apocalyptic tale without a single zombie.”
    Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA

  13. CaliforniaCalifornia: A Novel by Edan Lepucki
    “Driven away from the violence of cities and a crumbling society, Cal and Frida live an isolated existence, struggling to survive on what they grow and forage. When an unplanned pregnancy pushes the couple to search for other people, they discover an unexpected community. This well-written debut is great for apocalyptic fiction fans and fans of realistic, character-driven fiction.”
    Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH

  15. DollbabyDollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
    “In this coming-of-age story set in the Civil Rights era, Ibby is dropped off at the home of her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her beloved father. Filled with colorful characters, family secrets and lots of New Orleans tidbits, this book will appeal to fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.”
    Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA

  17. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper LeeThe Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
    “A warm and engaging telling of the life story of Harper Lee. Like no other biography, this book offers insights directly from Lee’s point of view as shared with the journalist she and her sister embraced in friendship late in their lives. Informative and delightful!”
    Jan Fisher, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

  19. Dry Bones in the ValleyDry Bones in the Valley: A Novel by Tom Bouman
    “A body has been found in an elderly recluse’s field, neighbors are fighting over fracking, and meth labs and heroin dealers have settled deep in the woods of Officer Henry Farrell’s Wild Thyme Township. Bouman’s prose reveals not only the beauty of northeastern Pennsylvania, but also abject poverty and despair. A startling debut rich in setting and character with an intricate plot that will stay with readers after the last page.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!


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KDL on WGVU — Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

KrisLynnWGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Youth Services staff Kris Siegel and Lynn Goldberg talk about Summer Reading @ KDL and all the great programs happening this summer! Enjoy!

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Download WGVU6-5-14.mp3

(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)




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Enjoy the Sweet Sounds of Summer

Monday, June 9th, 2014

MusicSit back, relax and enjoy some great music. Our program line-up includes several performances that will fill our branches with some sweet summer sounds. The shows are open to all ages and they are all free… it’s music to my ears!

Native American Dancers
Dancing, drumming and stories. Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer.

Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Music on the Deck
Come and enjoy a summer evening with live music on the library deck.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 PM — Phil & JD (Bluegrass/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 PM — BrushRidge (Americana) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 PM — Paschke Trio – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 PM — West Michigan Bluegrass Association – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 PM — Southern Ledge (American/Folk) – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM — Thornapple Brass – Caledonia Township Branch
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 PM — String Players – Caledonia Township Branch


City of Kentwood 2014 Summer Concert Series
Bring a blanket for lawn seating or a lawn chair for plaza seating.
Sponsored by DTE Energy, the City of Kentwood and the Kentwood Arts Committee.

Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 PM — Jetty Rae (Folk Pop) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 PM — Boogie Woogie Babies –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 PM — Williams Family (Bluegrass) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 PM — Kari Lynch Band (Country/Rock) –  Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 PM — Dutch Henry (Americana) – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


The Porters in Concert
Put on your dancin’ shoes and swing to the toe-tappin’ sounds of The Porters, a four-piece band that will captivate and entertain even the youngest audience.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch
Thursday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 PM Rescheduled to Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Tyrone Township Branch
Wednesday, July 16, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, July 17, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch


Carol Johnson in Concert
Join uniquely gifted singer/songwriter Carol Johnson for a lively, upbeat performance of her well-known original songs as well as other familiar tunes. Her participatory singing encourages us to be good to each other, to ourselves and to the earth.

Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – Grandville Branch
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch


Branch addresses can be found here.


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One eBook, No Holds

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Pedigree to Die ForJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson June 3 through 18. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading this eBook, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists!

Book Description: When her uncle, a kennel owner, dies of an apparent heart attack, Melanie Travis is talked into investigating. She learns that the only clue is a missing pedigreed poodle, a situation that has Melanie hounding Connecticut’s elite.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!”



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KDL Top Ten — Children’s Picture Books

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Summer Reading @ KDL is underway!  This week’s Top Ten shows off 10 of our most popular Children’s Picture Books:

Top Ten Children's Picture Books 06-06-2014

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